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BjoernH 07-24-2018 12:27 PM

Vbscript: unable to break out of waitfors loop
Good day.

I've been trying to write this vbscript that is supposed to log into 10 different servers based on the IP array, and extract some information from each. The script compiles, but it remains in a loop on the first server, always looping back to line #34 (crt.Screen.WaitForStrings).


'#$language = "VBScript"
'#$interface = "1.0"

crt.Screen.Synchronous = True

Sub Main()

Dim vHosts(10)
vHosts (0) = ""
vHosts (1) = ""
vHosts (2) = ""
vHosts (3) = ""
vHosts (4) = ""
vHosts (5) = ""
vHosts (6) = ""
vHosts (7) = ""
vHosts (8) = ""
vHosts (9) = ""

AuthE = InputBox("Please enter the euser password:","","*")
        If AuthE = ""  Then Exit Sub
For Each strHosts In vHosts
    If strHosts = "" Then Exit For
    crt.Screen.Send"ssh euser@" & strHosts & vbCr

Dim vWaitFors
vWaitFors = Array("(yes/no)?", _

        Dim nResult
        nResult = crt.Screen.WaitForStrings(vWaitFors, 5)

        Select Case nResult

                Case 1
                        crt.Screen.Send"yes" & vbCr
                Case 2
                        crt.Screen.Send AuthE & vbCr
                Case Else
        crt.Screen.Send"echo;hostname;ip a|grep int-oam;echo" & vbCr

        end Select

        crt.Screen.Send"exit" & vbCr

End Sub

Any help or pointers appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

ekoranyi 07-24-2018 01:10 PM

Hi BjoernH,

We do have an example script that I believe provides much of the functionality you're looking for.

Run Commands On Multiple Hosts And Log Results
Demonstrates how to connect to hosts read in from a "hosts" file and for each host, send a list of commands read in from a "commands" file. Results of each command run are (by default) logged to separate, uniquely-named files based on the host address and the command that is run. However, the script code is architected to allow you to change this behavior so that it's all logged to one file per host, or even just to a single file.

You would only need to create a file, hosts.txt, with the list of IPs and a commands.txt file that contains the list of commands you would like to run. The script would then connect to each device and run the commands specified.

Does this script seem like it would fit your needs or help provide an example you could modify to fit your needs?

BjoernH 07-24-2018 02:20 PM

Thanks for the reply Eric, however, that script is just massive overkill for my needs, I don't even know how the author manages to ssh to the remote host.

Furthermore, I would prefer to use the IP array as listed in the code.


ekoranyi 07-24-2018 03:40 PM


We've tried to make the example script as complete and easy to use as possible to reduce the amount of editing a user would need to do. In most cases you should not have to make any changes to the script, simply provide a file with a list of servers and a file with a list of commands.

That being said, I have taken a look at the code you provided and noticed an issue with your Do Loop. Do Loops run an infinite number of times unless you provide an exit condition. I don't see that there is any exit condition for your Do Loop, the script is getting stuck running the Do Loop forever.

What would be a good indicator that you are done with the first host and ready to move on to the second?

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